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About the Author

Miriam Spitzer Franklin is a former elementary and middle school teacher who currently teaches homeschooled students and is a writer in residence with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Extraordinary, her debut middle grade novel, was inspired by a niece who suffered a brain injury after a high fever led to a stroke. Miriam lives with her husband, two daughters, and two cats in Charlotte, North Carolina.


"A gentle story... Most readers will understand long before Pansy does that she is setting herself up for disappointment, but they will also recognize that Pansy's dedication to her friend is plenty extraordinary in itself." --Publishers Weekly "North Carolina author Franklin firmly grasps the climate and struggles among kids today. Her crystal-clear writing is filled with rich detail and believable characters. The sensitive story will resonate with young girls wrestling with friendship pains." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "[An] effective debut... the ending, in which Pansy accepts the reality of Anna's situation, is suitably affecting." --Booklist "Though Pansy, Anna, and Andy are in fifth grade, the themes are universal, and this could easily appeal to young teens as well as the middle grade set... A fine addition to upper elementary and middle school collections where weighty realistic fiction is in demand." -School Library Journal "Extraordinary is a delightful tale of loyalty, friendship, and hope." --Karen Harrington, author of Courage for Beginners and Sure Signs of Crazy "An inspiring, beautifully told story of friendship, hope, and the power of positive thinking, even in the face of deep disappointment." --Dianna Dorisi Winget, author of A Million Ways Home

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